Ohio State continues its aggressive approach to non-conference scheduling today as the university just announced a home-and-home series with the Oregon Ducks, set for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The Buckeyes will travel west to Eugene for the first game, and the second game will be played in Columbus.
Games On! Ohio State and Oregon have set a home-and-home FB series with games to be played in 2020 in Eugene, Ore., and in 2021 in Columbus— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) October 23, 2012
This announcement comes just weeks after the Buckeyes scheduled a similar series with the Texas Longhorns for 2022 and 2023.
Ohio State has always made a big effort to schedule exciting home-and-home series' with big-name schools in the past, with recent matchups with Texas (2005-2006), USC (2008-2009) and Miami (2010-2011) as the best examples.
That trend will obviously continue, especially as college football moves from the BCS to a playoff format to determine its National Champion. Having a strong non-conference resume could be a deciding factor for the teams selected for postseason play in the future, and athletic director Gene Smith and Ohio State are doing everything they can to beef up their future schedules.
Over the next 10 seasons, the Buckeyes will have home-and-home series' with California (which started this year in Columbus), Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, TCU, North Carolina, Oregon and Texas.
Fans of marquee non-conference matchups have to love what's going on in Columbus.
Ohio State currently holds an 8-0 all-time record over Oregon, including two victories over the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. The most recent matchup between the two schools came in 2010 when Terrelle Pryor led Ohio State to a 26-17 victory over the Ducks in the Rose Bowl.
Here’s a quick look at Ohio State’s scheduled non-conference matchups through 2023:
- Florida A&M
- @ California
- Kent State
- Virginia Tech
- North Carolina
- Northern Illinois
- @ Virginia Tech
- Bowling Green
- Central Michigan
- @ North Carolina
- @ Oregon
- @ Texas
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